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Ringler, Dick / Beowulf: A New Translation for Oral Delivery (May 2005)

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3e*1 Beowulf addressed
2a1a(i) broad-realmed Hrothgar:
+1d1 "We far travelers
3b1b from a foreign land
1a1b(i) want to inform you
2b2b that we wish to go home
+3e*1 to Hygelac our lord.
3640 1a1a(i) Here in Denmark
2c1c we found a warm welcome
2b2b and were well entertained.
1a1b(i) If, in my lifetime,
3b1b there is any way
+1a1a(i) for me to merit
2b2- more of your love
d1a than hitherto,
3b*1b I will hasten at once
+1a1a(i) to sail to Denmark
3650 3b*1a and serve you again.
+1a1a(i) If word should reach me
2c1c over the wide ocean
a1b that your neighbours
d1b are annoying you,
2c1b as those dread demons
2b2- did in the past,
2c1b I will bring thousands
+1d1 of brave warriors
2b1b when you need their help.
3660 +1a1a(ii) I know that Hygelac,
2b2a the lord of the Geats,
+2a1a(i) my loving uncle,
2b1a though young in years,
+1a1c(i) will yield to my entreaties
+1a*1a(i) and second my wishes
3b*1d so that I may sail here again
2b1b with a force of men,
3b*1a a forest of spears,
+2a1a(i) or any other
3670 2b2- aid you may need.
2c1c And if your son Hrethric
3b*1a should someday resolve
+1a*1a(i) to visit my country,
3b2c he can avail himself there
2b1b of a wealth of friends;
2a1a(ii) worthy travelers
1a1a(ii) win the worthiest
2e1a welcome abroad."
2e1a Hrothgar replied,
3680 1a*1a(i) ruler of Denmark:
1a1b(i) "God in his wisdom
2e1a gave you, my son,
3b1a these knowing words.
3b1b I have never heard
+3e1 such masterful speech
2b1b from a man so young.
+1a1a(i) Your might is matchless,
2c1a your mind agile,
+1a1b(i) your talk full of wisdom.
3690 2b1a In times to come,
3b1b if unlucky chance
2b1b or the lot of war,
1a1a(i) sword or spear-point
3b*1a or sickness should take
3b1a your youthful king,
2b2a and you should survive
+1a1b(i) the death of your uncle,
2b2a I doubt that your race
+2a1a(ii) of able mariners
3700 3b1a could ever find
+1d*1(ii) a hardier hoard-keeping
2e1a hero than you
+1a1a(i) to make their leader,
2b2b if your mind is allured
+1a1a(i) by land and lordship.
+1a*1a(i) The longer I know you,
3e*1 Beowulf my friend,
+1a*1a(i) the better I love you.
1a1b(i) Thanks to your valor
3710 2b2a the thanes of our two
2e1a nations, my Danes
3b1b and your noble Geats,
+1a1a(i) will live in friendship,
2c1b and the long terror
3b1a of warfare cease
2c1b that they once suffered.
3b*1b While my power endures,
2b2- peace shall prevail
2b2a and gifts be exchanged
3720 2b2b as a gage of the love
+1a1a(i) and trust uniting
2c1a our two nations,
+3e1 while gift-laden ships
1a1b(i) glide past the sea-cliffs
+2a1a(i) and plunging gannets.
+1a*1a(i) Your people have always
2b1b treated friend and foe
+2a1a(ii) with firmness, constancy,
2c1a and all honor
3730 3b1b in the ancient way."
2c1b From his high gift-throne
3e1 Healfdene's son
+1a1a(i) gave twelve outstanding
2e1b treasures to his friend,
2a1a(i) wished him safety
3b1b on the wind-tossed sea
+1a*1a(i) and begged him to quickly
+1a1a(i) come back to Denmark.
+2a1a(i) The royal scion
3740 2b1b of a race of kings
1d1 kissed Beowulf
3b*1a his comrade, and then
+2a1a(i) embraced him warmly;
3f1a his beard streamed
+1a1b(i) with tears as he pondered
d1b the alternatives:
2b2b that they might and might not
1a1a(i) meet each other
2b2a again on this earth,
3750 2a1a(i) gallant chieftains;
3b1a more likely not.
2b2a The lord of the Danes
2b2a was fond of his guest,
2b2a so fond that he shed
+1a1a(i) those tears of passion,
++1a1a(i) though he tried to check them;
2c1a suppressed longing
3b1b for the peerless youth
+2e1b was burning in his blood.
3760 +3e1 But Beowulf turned
3b1b from the weeping king
+1d1 and walked buoyantly,
1a1b(i) pleased with his treasures,
2b2b to the place where his ship
1a1a(i) rode at anchor,
1a*1b ready for its master.
+1a1b(1) His men spoke of Hrothgar
d1a admiringly:
2b2a a prince who had been
3770 +1a1a(ii) the pride of warriors
3f1b until struck down
2b1a by stern old age,
+2a1a(ii) that stronger warrior
+2a1a(ii) who strikes down everyone.

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